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Open for Business: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 164 Park Place

Brooklyn's newest outpost of Five Guys Burgers and Fries has officially opened, in the space last occupied by Park Heights Stationers, on the corner of Park and Flatbush. As mentioned earlier, it was originally slated to open at 11 this morning, but that was pushed back due to cash register difficulty.

The restaurant is notably larger than the one down on Seventh Avenue near Fourth Street, boasting about 60 seats, but the layout is exactly what you'd expect if you're familiar with the brand: simple, predominantly red and white decor, and no-frills. And, of course, free peanuts. There are also some very cool soda fountains that dispense a bunch of sodas along with a ton of flavors, in up to about 140 combinations.

Named the best fast food-style burger in the country by Zagat in 2010, the D.C.-based chain has expanded rapidly in the past couple years, with plans to top 200 restaurants nationwide by the end of the year.

In such a central, on-the-beaten-path location, I would give this place about a 100% chance of being extremely popular.

Five Guys, 164 Park Place Brooklyn NY 11217. 347-889-7300.

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